Limit Switches

Limit switches are a contact proximity sensor device that consists of an actuator mechanically linked to a set of output contacts. When an object comes into contact with the actuator, the device operates the contacts to make or break an electrical connection.

Limit Switch Makeup

Limit switches are made up of three key components:
•Actuator Head - The actuator is the part of the switch that makes physical contact with the object. In some limit switches, the actuator is attached to an operating head which translates a rotary, linear, or perpendicular motion to open or close the electrical contacts of the switch.


•Switch Body – The switch body is the component containing the electrical contact mechanism, the contacts within the body open or close the electrical circuit when the actuator is activated.


•Receptacle/Terminals - The component containing the terminal screws or screw/clamp assembly necessary for wiring purposes.



Actuator Types

Limit switches are available with a wide range of actuator types. The type of actuator used can be determined by the mounting position, force required and objects to be detected.
•Rotary Lever - with lever actuators, a cam or plate hits the end of the lever arm which in turn rotates a shaft and operates the contacts in the switch. The rotation may be spring returned (momentary) or maintained.


•Plunger - Plunger types are best where short controlled machine movements are present or where mounting space does not permit a lever type.


•Cat Whisker or Coil Spring – Longer actuators with a coil wire that can be moved/bent in multiple directions. Typically used in conveying applications to count objects as they pass by.


•Forked – Used with maintained contacts, consisting of two roller levers. One roller will trip the switch and when the second is moved to the opposite direction it will reset the switch.

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RS Stock No. 199-028
Mfr. Part No.AZ8108CEJ
BrandPanasonic
MYR106.41
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Roller Lever DPST NO/NC IP64 5 A - 250V 125V - - AZ8 Screw 96.5mm 28mm
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Mfr. Part No.AZ8104CEJ
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Roller Lever DPST NO/NC IP64 5 A - 250V 125V - - AZ8 Screw 96.5mm 28mm
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Mfr. Part No.AZ7311CEJ
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MYR66.41
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Plunger SPDT NO/NC IP64 10 A - 250V 115V - - AZ7 Screw 75.3mm 70.5mm
RS Stock No. 199-131
Mfr. Part No.AZD1051CEJ
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MYR113.24
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Plunger DPST NO/NC IP67 6 A - 380V 220V - - AZD1 Screw 69mm 30mm
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Mfr. Part No.AZD1052CEJ
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Plunger DPST NO/NC IP67 6 A - 380V 220V - - AZD1 Screw 79mm 30mm
RS Stock No. 199-052
Mfr. Part No.AZ7121CEJ
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MYR57.00
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Lever SPDT NO/NC IP64 10 A - 250V 115V - - AZ7 Screw 68mm 70.5mm
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Mfr. Part No.AZ8111CEJ
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MYR119.67
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Plunger DPST NO/NC IP64 5 A - 250V 125V - - AZ8 Screw 82.5mm 28mm
RS Stock No. 199-141
Mfr. Part No.AZD1050CEJ
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MYR61.61
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Lever DPST NO/NC IP67 6 A - 380V 220V - - AZD1 Screw 88mm 30mm
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Mfr. Part No.AZH1241
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MYR40.18
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Roller Lever SPDT NO/NC IP54 (Terminal), IP64 (Switch) 100 mA Plastic - 30V Wire Lead Momentary Action AZH Screw 58.9mm 18mm
RS Stock No. 199-002
Mfr. Part No.AZ8169CEJ
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MYR99.86
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Coil Spring DPST NO/NC IP64 5 A - 250V 125V - - AZ8 Screw 156mm 28mm
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MYR97.03
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Coil Spring DPST NO/NC IP64 5 A - 250V 125V - - AZ8 Screw 156mm 28mm
RS Stock No. 199-040
Mfr. Part No.AZ7100CEJ
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MYR52.52
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Plunger SPDT NO/NC IP64 10 A - 250V 115V - - AZ7 Screw 47mm 70.5mm
RS Stock No. 199-090
Mfr. Part No.AZD1053J
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MYR158.75
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Roller Lever DPST NO/NC IP67 6 A - 380V 220V - - AZD1 Screw 69mm 30mm
RS Stock No. 199-147
Mfr. Part No.AZ7140CEJ
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MYR45.89
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Lever SPDT NO/NC IP64 10 A - 250V 115V - - AZ7 Screw 50.5mm 70.5mm
RS Stock No. 199-080
Mfr. Part No.AZD1054CEJ
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MYR83.50
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Roller Lever DPST NO/NC IP67 6 A - 380V 220V - - AZD1 Screw 77mm 30mm
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MYR62.79
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Lever SPDT NO/NC IP64 10 A - 250V 115V - - AZ7 Screw 63.5mm 70.5mm
RS Stock No. 199-034
Mfr. Part No.AZ7312CEJ
BrandPanasonic
MYR66.40
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Plunger SPDT NO/NC IP64 10 A - 250V 115V - - AZ7 Screw 75.3mm 70.5mm
RS Stock No. 199-074
Mfr. Part No.AZD1058CEJ
BrandPanasonic
MYR86.79
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Roller Lever DPST NO/NC IP67 6 A - 380V 220V - - AZD1 Screw 77mm 30mm
RS Stock No. 199-096
Mfr. Part No.AZD1059J
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MYR86.69
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Lever DPST NO/NC IP67 6 A - 380V 220V - - AZD1 Screw 92mm 30mm
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Mfr. Part No.AZ7144CEJ
BrandPanasonic
MYR52.52
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Lever SPDT NO/NC IP64 10 A - 250V 115V - - AZ7 Screw 72mm 70.5mm